Senate debates

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union

4:32 pm

Photo of Eric AbetzEric Abetz (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations) Share this | Hansard source

I am sure the clock will start again. There are 1.7 million reasons why the Australian Labor Party are opposing this motion and there are 30,000 reasons why the Greens are opposing this motion, because they have been the beneficiaries of donations from the CFMEU, which has been proven to have been engaged in thuggery and intimidation on worksites around Australia. So, when we have a motion to call on the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens to refuse to accept any further donations from the CFMEU until it desists from unlawful activity, thuggery and violence in the workplace, they cannot bring themselves to vote against such a motion because they are more interested in the money than in the rule of law. They are more interested in the union bosses than in the rights of individual workers to be able to go to and from work without the fear of intimidation from union bosses.


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